Industrially, the state has made rapid strides and there has been
a great deal of diversification, although the traditional industries
like hides and skins which have a major export angle,
continue to occupy their important place, besides the exports
of tanned hides and skins and of leather products, form the traditional
shoes to fancy products, the state also export tea, coffee, spices, textiles
and yarn engineering goods. Black granites and other products including
The state has a flourishing centre of cottage industries.
Mats made of coir, screw pine, palm and coconut leaves are much
in demand. Some industries is known for manufacture of musical instruments
of jack wood, like the veena,
mridangam and kanjara. A number of engineering units engaged
in the production of chemicals like fertilizers, insecticides etc. In
the field of oil refining, besides petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking
products, a number of other bye-products are also manufactured.
Handloom is very important as a cottage industry. Silk
sarees of Kancheepuram are famous all over India. Cottage units
produce cotton sarees, dhoties, towels and lungies.